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Publisher's Summary

Nowhere is safe...not even your dreams.

Police discover the lifeless body of a young woman on an abandoned yacht. The next day, a man is found hanging in his apartment. When Detectives Joona Linna and Saga Bauer uncover a surprising connection between the two deaths, they will be forced to confront a relentless killer who’s always one step ahead and a ruthless business tycoon who preys on his victims’ worst nightmares to achieve his sinister ends.

©2018 Lars Kepler (P)2018 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“Intricate detective work and heart-ticking suspense.” (The Boston Globe)

“Action-oriented, inventive, with over-the-top plots and larger-than-life heroes and criminals.” (Los Angeles Times Magazine)

"Gripping.... Kepler will have you turning pages long after your bedtime." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

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written for American TV or flim

The unfortunate pattern of American drama--book, tv, film--is that they are long on action, special effects and violence but short on character development and story. That's my view of this book which I don't expect from Scandinavian fiction.

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I usually love this author

But it was hard to follow and uninteresting. You didn't learn to love anyone enough to care what happened to them. I wondered if some of the problem was in the translation because the sentences were very flat. In the end, I didn't get to the end. I stopped about halfway. Maybe I'll try again another day because I bought it.

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Old man

Every character sounds like an old man. Passages that are clearly supposed to be funny, fall flat. The story is very good though.

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Not worth the time

I’ve been looking for a Joona Linna story to match The Sandman. This is not it. Meandering and slow. Too many new characters to capture. I couldn’t finish it.

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mostly a 4

I like Las Keplar, the author who
brings this series of Swedish police mysteries y o us. This book starts off well with a couple of quick bodies. Then it veers into some tiresome infighting....
after wichita it veers again with enough bad guys and good guys to pick up the pace and racet I a fine ending. It is smart, very interesring, and fun to listen too.

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Second Time

I tried to listen to the first book, THE HYPNOTIST by Lars Kepler. I skip read thinking it was bound to get better, but to no avail so finally returned it. I usually enjoy mysteries and detective stories set in the Scandinavian countries so I thought I would give the author, who is two authors using a pen name, another chance. I did skip read, but at least i got to the end of the book. These characters did not appeal to me, and the dialogue and descriptions became, for me, boring and tedious. I'm not sure any human could actually survive the violence inflicted on these characters. They are almost super human.